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Texas State Capitol

1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
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  • Texas State Capitol
    Bailey Klentzman
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    5 Jun 12, 2014

    There is so much to do here. The grounds are great to walk on/around or picnic on or read a bit of history. You can almost always find parking very near the area, even though it's in the middle of downtown. I love that the capitol is free to get in, so it's always a great place to take visitors. Bring your camera; it is very picturesque.

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  • Texas State CapitolPro 2014
    Brent Wistrom
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    5 Jan 07, 2014

    Everything is bigger in Texas, they say. In this case, it's fact. Austin, Texas boasts the largest capitol building in the nation. It's huge dome is rivaled only by the one on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It is a fancy, top-notch capitol.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Dale C
    5 Dec 24, 2013

    Built from locally-quarried pink limestone in the 1800s, this place is a totally impressive piece of architecture, especially from the inside. The office space, at various times, of giants and heroes, rogues, scoundrels, poets, and many a good and bad politician (and moi, at one time), it has deservedly earned, for its goings-on during legislative sessions, both the tag, "The Lege" (short for The Legislature) and its movie-spawned nickname, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas".

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  • Texas State CapitolPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    4 Nov 29, 2013

    When I travel, I'm a sucker for visiting State (and Provincial) Capitals and Presidential Libraries. You get both in Austin with the Texas State Capital and the LBJ Library. Plus there's the bonus of Austin itself with good food, music, and the Hill Country only a short distance away. It's also a somewhat Blue Liberal Island in the currently very Red State of Texas.

    In the spirit of Full Disclosure, I should also point out that I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M University and have always considered "t.u." to be enemy territory during my infrequent visit and my associated quests to "Saw Varsity's Horns Off". God do I hate Tea Sips!

    Focus, Eric, Focus. Ah Yes, the Texas State Capital. It's an impressive building and a National Historical Landmark. I've done both the public tour and wandered around the building and grounds independently (subject to Security restrictions). I especially like the energy in the Building when the Texas House and/or Senate are in Session. Did you also know that Governor Good Hair (Rick Perry) is an Aggie? And a former Yell Leader....

    Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory BuffsLocal CultureStudents
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  • Texas State Capitol
    Alexandra Richmond
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    4 Nov 20, 2013

    a gorgeous building loaded with history and lawmakers. try to grab breakfast or lunch in the basement/annex cafeteria. the tacos are great, and ladies who lunch swear by the chicken salad.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Lillie S
    5 Nov 06, 2013

    Walk to the Beautiful Texas State Capitol! The Capitol is 308 feet tall making it the sixth tallest Capitol! It is free to enter and absolutely stunning inside! Made of limestone and marble! This is a great place to tap into some Texas history!

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Rachel Greene
    3 Oct 20, 2013

    Texas state Capitol - Did part of the tour (it's free). Interesting enough, but not groundbreaking. Pretty building.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Dana C
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Fun outing for the kids (and adults!) Free tours of the capitol. It's beautiful and worth the trip.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Terry E
    4 Sep 09, 2013

    The State Capital is a Short walk up South Congress which is 1 block away from the condo. Great Place to learn a little Texas history as you walk to grounds surrounded by the city of Austin

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • Texas State Capitol
    Tracey & Thad
    5 Aug 27, 2013

    Take a tour while visiting OR just walk around. Better yet, take a Segway tour that goes to the Capitol !

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Laura O
    4 Aug 14, 2013

    A very interesting tour! I particularly enjoyed when a little boy visitor asked if Texas was its own country.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Patricia B
    5 Aug 07, 2013

    A picnic on the lawn or a rally at the steps of the Capitol - see where the Texas politicos debate the finer points of our great state.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Elliott And Sheri M
    4 Aug 03, 2013

    True the Texas Capitol Building is the largest State house and is even larger than our National Capitol in Washington, DC. But the most impressive attribute of our state house is not the impressive Italian Renaissance Revival architecture, the beautiful restored interior, or the beautifully landscaped grounds with its collection of monuments. The most impressive attribute of our Capitol is the grand scale of the egos that inhabit its halls when the legislature is in session! It gets four stars because it is free. Oh, and don't forget the peanuts for the friendly squirrels that inhabit the grounds!

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Satish Talim
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    4 Jul 23, 2013

    The Texas State Capitol, located in Downtown Austin, is the fourth building to house the state government of Texas. The capitol building contains the chambers of the Texas Legislature and the office of the governor. Originally designed in 1881 by architect Elijah E. Myers, it was constructed from 1882 to 1888.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Karrie L
    3 Jul 14, 2013

    It's Texas, you're visiting the Capitol city, might as well pay a visit to the Capitol building, which is beautiful and pretty impressive.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Ashley D
    4 Jun 30, 2013

    A magnificent building, depends on what you are interested in. You can see the Capitol when you walk 2 blocks to South Congress.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Sola Lodge
    5 Jun 27, 2013

    Get a tour of Texas History, start with the Capital. Not far is the Governor Mansion and many museums, including an Imax Movie Theatre in the Texas History Museum.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • Texas State Capitol
    Deborah Peacock
    5 Jun 16, 2013

    You have to see the Capitol of Texas to believe it. Recently renovated. Located just down the street on Congress Avenue.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Karen M
    5 Jun 12, 2013

    Take a free tour of this awesome (and BIG) capitol--but of course, you would expect no less from Texas! Check out the rotundra with all of its photos to immerse yourself in Texas politics.

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  • Texas State Capitol
    Allan Z
    5 Jun 06, 2013

    Prepare your visit

    The State Preservation Board oversees the Capitol, Capitol Extension, Capitol Visitors Center, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Visitor Parking facilities in the Capitol Complex, and can provide information and assistance for trips for both business and pleasure.

    The Capitol Complex is in the heart of downtown Austin and makes a perfect complement to a visit to the city. Our various facilities and amenities are designed to serve both employees and visitors to the Capitol Complex, whether on state business, observing the legislative process, strolling the grounds, visiting from the University of Texas campus, buying a unique gift, learning about Texas history, or simply enjoying the magnificent architecture of the complex buildings.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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4.5 out of 5
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Description

The slogan states that 'everything is bigger in Texas,' and if you look at our Capitol, the phrase rings true. Standing a stately 309 feet and modeled after the nation's Capitol in Washington D.C., this is the nation's tallest. Designed by architect Elijah E. Myers and constructed of red granite, the Capitol took more than seven years to complete. It was finished in 1888, at a total cost of more ... read more
than three million dollars, an extravagant price even by today's standards. The perfectly landscaped grounds reflect the languid pace of life under the Texas sun, inviting you for a quiet stroll or a lazy day under a tree.

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